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The Keilim Policy Toolkit guides Jewish organizations to develop policies and procedures that create safer, more respectful, and more equitable environments for those who work at or access your organization.

‘Keilim’ is Hebrew for tools or vessels. Hear the pronunciation of Keilim

Explore the Six Modules of Keilim

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Foundational Elements

1
Foundational Elements

Lays the groundwork for creating respectful, healthy, and safe environments for your organization’s employees and stakeholders.

2
Prohibited Conduct

2
Prohibited Conduct

Steers organizations through drafting legally required policy language around prohibited conduct, such as harassment and discrimination, as well as optional values-based policies such as prohibiting bullying, in order to create a safe and respectful

3
Interaction Guidelines

3
Interaction Guidelines

Includes a Code of Conduct and other guidance for creating safe and respectful interactions between individuals.

4
Screening

4
Screening

Guides organizations in developing protocols for screening employees and volunteers, that primarily emphasize safety.

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Organizational Response

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Organizational Response

Guides an organization through important structures and policies from reporting systems and receiving complaints to investigation, resolution, support, and communication.

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Living Your Policy

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Living Your Policy

Provides organizations with the tools necessary to maintain, review and revise their policies while educating the community, conducting annual assessments, and regularly reviewing the policy.

Three Action Steps of Keilim

Cultivate Leadership

A committed group of leaders must take ownership of this initiative and drive its efforts in your organization.

Create Policy

Policies and procedures help to clarify expectations, create shared language and norms, and ensure fairness.

Commit to Lasting Change

When your policy is built into the infrastructure of your organization it is far more likely that it will take root in your culture and create lasting change.

“We are engaging in systematic change as opposed to just slapping a code up on a wall.”

– Keilim pilot organization

“I’ve been aware of these issues for years, but it’s as if someone finally gave me a new set of glasses through which to see.”

– Keilim pilot organization

“We can make our synagogues safer via thoughtful policy development. This is best done through critical collaboration and patient deliberation.”

– Keilim pilot organization

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